Lenten Reflections – week 2

March 6, 2017

“In God alone is my soul at rest. He alone is my rock, my strength.” In your times of trouble, may you find rest and strength, in God, our rock.

To hear this song, click the link, then select “In God Alone,” the first track in the song list. By the way, I discovered this song while using the Pray-As-You-Go website’s daily devotionals (it was used for a January devotional).
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March 7, 2017
“If I had everything that I could ever ask for, but I didn’t have you, then I’d have nothing…nothing without you.”

Today’s song from Arrabon reminds us that God is our all, whether we’re in a season of lack or abundance.
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March 8, 2017
“Where do I go, where do I go
When the storms of life are threatening?
Who do I turn to when those winds of sorrow blow?
And is there a refuge in the time of tribulation?
I go to the rock
I know He’s able
I go to the rock…”
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March 9, 2017
Liturgical purists may frown on the use of “Hallelujah” during Lent, but what can I say? I’m a rebel! 😉 This song will forever remind me of my first trip to Ghana. I didn’t realize how often I’d heard it until I caught myself singing it after I returned to Chicago. I didn’t know the artist or the title, so I just started Googling the one or two phrases I could remember. And voilà! Today, this song not only helps me be encouraged in the Lord, it’s helping wake me up after a hard night’s sleep!
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March 10, 2017
God is my Rock, but He’s also my hiding place. And trust me…there have been plenty of times I’ve run for cover! If I owned a cassette tape of this medley, it would have been worn out a long time ago – that’s how much I listen to it. I hope it encourages you today!
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March 11, 2017
As a child, I attended a week or so of 1st grade before being bumped up to the 2nd grade class. By the time I was in the 3rd grade, my secret was out, I was smart. I tested into a classical school, where students were regularly doing work one grade level ahead. I started at that school in the next year but was put in the 3rd grade again – so I wouldn’t be two years ahead of myself. (So, technically, I didn’t complete the 1st grade and did the 3rd grade twice, lol!) At this school, Spanish was a regular part of the curriculum. I remember flipping through my Spanish textbook and coming across a proverb, “Querer es poder,” it means, “To want is to be able.” I doodled that proverb on so many notebooks, created posters and bookmarks with it, etc. Obviously, it struck a chord.

That experience came back to me today as this song popped into my head. It’s a song that I learned from a friend who is Latino. We included it in a worship set. From the moment I first heard it, it took root in my spirit. This is a song that I catch myself singing randomly, and I love that! (This recording is much slower than I’ve ever sung it, but it’s the best I could find online. Note: If anyone has a good recording of it they’d like to share, please pass it on!)

For those of you who don’t speak Spanish, here’s a translation:
Spirit of God
You fill my life
You fill my soul
You fill my being

And fill me
With your presence
With your power
With your love

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March 12, 2017
No turnin back! (P.S. If you don’t know about the Fisk Jubilee Singers, you’re missing out on a big part of U.S. history.)
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